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Ken Gemes is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. His primary interests are Nietzsche and philosophy of science.

Ken Gemes
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
Schoolanalytic philosophy
Main interests


Education and careerEdit

Gemes earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 with a dissertation in philosophy of science working with Clark Glymour and Wesley Salmon. He taught at Yale University for ten years before moving to Birkbeck in 2000.[1]

Philosophical workEdit

Gemes's work has covered a wide range of philosophical issues, from technical concerns of logical content to Nietzsche's account of philosophy as the "last manifestation of the ascetic ideal".[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche, Ken Gemes and John Richardson, eds. Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy, Ken Gemes and Simon May eds., Oxford University Press, 2009[3]
  • Gemes, Ken (1992), Nietzsche's Critique of Truth, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 52, No. 1, March 1992, pp. 47–65
  • Gemes, Ken (1993), Hypothetico-Deductivism, Content, and the Natural Axiomatization of Theories, Philosophy of Science, Vol. 60, No. 3 Sep., pp. 477–487
  • "Hypothetico-deductivism, content, and the natural axiomatization of theories" in Philosophy of Science, 1993
  • "A new theory of content I: Basic content," in Journal of Philosophical Logic, 1994
  • "Hypothetico-deductivism: the current state of play; the criterion of empirical significance: endgame" in Erkenntnis 1998
  • "Horwich, Hempel, and Hypothetico-Deductivism" in Philosophy of Science, 1990
  • "The indeterminacy thesis reformulated" Journal of Philosophy, 1991
  • " Verisimilitude and content" in Synthese, 2007
  • "The world in itself: Neither uniform nor physical" in Synthese, 1987
  • "Hypothetico-deductivism: incomplete but not hopeless," in Erkenntnis 2005
  • "Content & Watkins's Account of Natural Axiomatizations" in Dialectica 2006
  • "Naturalism and Value in Nietzsche" in Philosophy and Phenomenonological Research, 2005
  • "Schurz on hypothetico-deductivism" in Erkenntnis, 1994
  • "Inductive Skepticism and the Probability Calculus I: Popper and Jeffreys on Induction and the Probability of Law-Like Universal Generalizations" in Philosophy of Science 1997
  • "Nihilism and the Affirmation of Life: A Review of and Dialogue with Bernard Reginster" in European Journal of Philosophy
  • "A refutation of global scepticism" in Analysis 2009
  • "Bootstrapping and Content Parts" in Erkenntnis 2006
  • "Irrelevance: Strengthening the Bayesian Requirements" in Synthese, 2007
  • "Nietzsche on free will, autonomy and the sovereign individual" in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2006
  • "Postmodernism's use and abuse of Nietzsche" in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2001
  • "A new theory of content II: Model theory and some alternatives" Journal of Philosophical Logic 1997
  • "Life's Perspectives" in The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche 2013


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  2. ^ Ken Gemes; Simon May. "Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy - Hardcover". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Mark P. (2010) Review of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy, The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 40, no. 1 : 85-90